Where to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime event when the first solar eclipse since 1918 is viewable in American skies on Monday, August 21.

The Tampa Bay area isn't in the path of totality, but you'll catch a good partial eclipse. Head to these solar eclipse events to get the best possible view!

If you're planning on viewing on your own, don't forget to wear solar glasses or view through a filter to safely view the eclipse; never look directly at the sun without a filter as it can cause damage to your eyes.

1 Watch the Eclipse at the St. Petersburg College Planetarium

Solar Eclipse Viewing at the SPC Planetarium
Monday, August 21, 2017

The St. Petersburg College Planetarium is inviting starry-eyed viewers to watch the solar eclipse from the "quad" area of the St. Petersburg College/Gibbs Campus. Eclipse viewers and telescopes with solar filters will be available to use for the best view possible. Click here to visit their Facebook Event.

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2 Solar Eclipse Viewing in Seminole

Solar Eclipse Viewing in Seminole
Monday, August 21, 2017

The Seminole Community Library invites the public to join them on the lawn of St. Petersburg College to view the partial eclipse from 1:17 pm – 4:14 pm. Free solar viewing glasses will be available for attendees. 

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3 View the Solar Eclipse in Safety Harbor

View the Solar Eclipse in Safety Harbor
Monday, August 21, 2017

The Safety Harbor Library will host a Great American Solar Eclipse event at Waterfront Park in Safety Harbor from 2 pm - 3 pm. Eclipse glasses will be provided. 

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4 Beach Chair Eclipse Viewing at the St. Pete Beach Public Library

Beach Chair Eclipse Viewing
Monday, August 21, 2017

Pull up a beach chair and watch the show! The St. Pete Beach Public Library will host a Beach Chair Eclipse Viewing from 1 pm – 4:30 pm and will provide free eclipse glasses. They'll also host a pre-eclipse show for children ages 7-12 the prior Friday which will feature activities all about eclipses. Click here for more info. 

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5 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Sundial St. Pete

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Sundial St. Pete
Monday, August 21, 2017

Join the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Sundial St. Pete! Best of the Bay's "Best DJ" nominee Austen van der Bleek will be performing live for guests from 1 – 4 and the first 200 attendees will receive free solar viewing glasses to use. NOMAD Art Bus will also be there from 1 - 3 pm helping to make DIY pinhole projectors for additional eclipse viewing opportunities. Supplies are limited so attendees are encouraged to bring their own cardboard boxes. There will also be sales from select Sundial shops and a raffle from the Shave Cave! What better place to get starry-eyed than the Sundial St. Pete? Visit their website for more information. 

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